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We are a Roman Catholic community within the Archdiocese of Newark, made up of richly diverse cultures and ethnic backgrounds. We are Disciples of Christ fed by the Word and Eucharist in an evolving community. We seek to live the mission of Christ: serving the Lord by serving one another through our living faith, and sharing the commitment of resources and energy of the Holy Spirit.

Announcements

  • BUSINESS OWNERSAdvertise in our bulletin!  Thank you to all our advertisers!  To join the sponsors on our bulletin, please call Mary Hoffman at 860-836-8486.
  • PARISH OFFICE HOURS:  Monday – Saturday, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM  973-992-9490
  • The Facebook page for St. Raphael Parish is administered by Mary Gayle Scheper.  If you would like to contribute pictures or material to the page, please contact her with your material via the parish office at straphaelrcc@comcast.net. “Like” us at www.facebook.com/straphaellivingston
  • The bulletin for the parish is available on this website.  The current week is displayed automatically.  For earlier bulletins (the previous 5 weeks), scroll to the bottom of the page and select the weekend you would like to view.
  • The RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CALENDAR for November 2018 – April, 2019 is available HERE!
  • ATTENTION!!  Religious Education Classes for Sunday, January 20, have been cancelled due to the storm that will be passing through the area.  Classes will resume next weekend.

Special Events

  • VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!  If you have a background in English – writing, editing, or oral presentation – you can help our local seminarians.  Check out the details here!
  • Help Collect Box Tops for Education for Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese!    We are now branching out to include other schools within the Archdiocese.    We will continue for the 2018-2019 school year! Click here for a list of products that carry the coupons, or pick up a list next to the donation box.
  • Are You Willing to Help in an Emergency with CPR?  We are looking for parishioners who would be to serve in an emergency, providing coverage across all Masses. Volunteers will have the Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) in the hallway by the Parish Office available to them.  Our goal is 10 people (two per Mass). If you are interested in joining the team, would you please self-identify by calling the Parish Office at 973-992-9490 and letting us know which Mass you normally attend. Please call by January 26. We plan to hold the classes in early February 2019.  The class is free to all volunteers.  Thank You for being there for your fellow parishioners!
  • The new schedule for Lectors and EMHCs for the period January 1 – May 31 has been generated It includes the Solemnity of Mary (January 1), Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter and the Ascension.  If  you are a lector or EMHC, please look for the new schedule in your email.  REMEMBER:  if you are or become unavailable for the Masses for which you are scheduled, you are responsible for finding your own substitute – do not send requests to the scheduling tool.
  • Our social outreach ministry, Samaritans Always Care (SAC)is collecting new boots and socks during the winter months for the Franciscan Friary in Newark, as well as food for the Soup Kitchen at Our Lady of the Valley.   Please place your items for those in need in the labeled boxes in the vestibule.  If you would like to take a more active part in helping with the SAC projects, please contact the parish office and you will be put in contact with a committee member.

We Are Living Stones Capital Campaign

  • We are almost three-quarters of the way through the 4-year campaign and have already received funds for our parish amounting to $31,370.  We can receive almost $50,000 if all pledges are met. Campaign Details Update

Sharing God’s Blessing

  • We’ve reached and exceeded the 2018 Goal with our pledges!!  You gave $7093.83 more than our goal, or 122% of the Goal!!  Thank you so very much!  This year’s campaign wrapped up on December 31.  Look for the 2019 Campaign at the beginning of February. Campaign Details Update

 

For additional upcoming events and special Mass times, please see the bulletin by clicking here.